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Publisher's Summary

It's a noble idea: James Herold, a wealthy businessman, gave his son a very raw deal 11 years ago; now he wants to make amends. But the son is long-gone, and he wants to stay that way. Herold hires Nero Wolfe to track him down. It turns out the son is bad company, on trial for a cold-blooded murder. Wolfe gets caught in a web of lies, and it could cost him dearly.
Stout fellow: listen to all of our Nero Wolfe mysteries, including classic radio programs!
©1956 Rex Stout; (P)1996 Books on Tape Inc.

Critic Reviews

"It's always a treat to read a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore." (The New York Times)
"What's not to like about a Nero Wolfe mystery? The mysteries are short, cleverly plotted, well paced, and, if you're an audiobook listener, wonderfully read by Michael Prichard....Prichard has read nearly 20 books in Stout's series and has mastered Wolfe's deep, meditative voice and Archie's spry, chipper voice, as well as those of a host of other characters we recognize from one recording to the next." (AudioFile)

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  • BJ
  • Florence, CO, United States
  • 04-15-17

Excellent Nero Wolfe Book

Rex Stout does it again! All your favorite characters and great story. Spell binding and intriguingly read....that says it all.

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He did it again and again and

Love Nero Wolf, Archie and Fritz! Sometimes I even like Inspector Kramer.
This case was a tough one since the "murderer" had already been tried and was in prison. Then there is the case of the long lost, ?? prodigal son.
The reader is superb, He has both Nero and Archie down to a "t". Yes, I have not only read many but watched the series. I never get tired of the detective who does his work in an overlarge chair.

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Nero Wolfe solves a case a jury thinks it has.

Twists and turns and bodies everywhere, this mystery is a tangled knot that only a genius can untangle. Superb naration as usual for Prichard.

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One of the funniest & most gruesome

First, no spoilers:
This entry in one of the greatest detective series of all time is one that makes me laugh out loud as much, if not more than almost any of the others. It's a great one and a typically great performance by Michael Prichard.

Now for some spoilers:

This one is also one of the grimmest entries. The murderer is practically a serial killer. Four people are murdered, and while the descriptions and details are mild by today's standards, in terms of the series and the standards of the time in which it was published (1956, same age as me), it's pretty gruesome.

Which somehow makes the humor even funnier by contrast. Truly comic relief. Both Wolfe and Archie get in some zingers, both at each others' expense and others' as well (Inspector Cramer, for one).

Highly recommended

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one of my favorites

one of my favorite Nero Wolfe stories. this one has a real happy ending :)

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Nero Timeless as Always

I've read all of the Nero Wolf stories and like Sherlock Holmes always entertained and satisfied after visiting old friends. When I hear Nero in action I have to think he was the Mycroft Holmes of his time.

Well done and entertains.

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Fantastic!

I always enjoy Nero Wolfe mysteries. This novel was particularly engaging! I would definitely listen again in the future.

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Outstanding...as always

Another is a long line of fantastic "Who Done Its" by my favorite mystery writer. Nero, Archie, and the gang score again!

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A Classic Nero Wolfe

Loved the story, The Narration as always was wonderful and no real technical glitches to speak of... I was so very please with this Audio Book, and of course the whole Nero Wolfe Series, i have most of these and hope they will make more of them, the Pre-WWII Stories please please, addicted.